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3 dead as speedboat trying to set record crashes off Venice

Sep. 18, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Three sportsmen trying to set a new speedboat record were killed when their vessel crashed into a breakwater offshore the lagoon city of Venice and flipped over, firefighters said Wednesday. A fourth person, the sole survivor of the Tuesday crash, was badly injured, according to firefighters...

Migrants a top meeting topic for leaders of France and Italy

Sep. 18, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — How Europe can better manage migrants was slated to be a key topic of discussion when Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte and French President Emmanuel Macron meet in Rome on Wednesday night. The Italian government has been demanding that fellow European Union countries routinely accept some share...

Brad Pitt and James Gray take a giant leap with 'Ad Astra'

Sep. 18, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Brad Pitt made the first move with James Gray. In 1995, he saw Gray's debut "Little Odessa" and decided to call up the young filmmaker behind the grim Brooklyn crime drama. They've been talking ever since — about films, life and working together. But it would take almost 25...

Eni, Total join for another gas search license off Cyprus

Sep. 18, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Energy companies Total of France and Italy's Eni have teamed up to expand their search for natural gas off southern coast, signing a licensing agreement Wednesday. Cypriot Energy Minister Georgios Lakkotrypis said the companies will have an equal share in a new block into which a gas...

Vatican seeks trial for seminarian accused of sex abuse

Sep. 17, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican's criminal prosecutor is seeking to indict a one-time seminarian accused of sexually abusing younger seminarians who lived inside the Vatican and served as altar boys at papal Masses in St. Peter's Basilica. The Vatican said Tuesday an indictment was also being sought for the former...

Benetton makes a splash on the eve of Milan Fashion Week

Sep. 17, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Benetton has long made waves off the runway with its provocative advertising campaigns. But the storied family-owned knitwear brand is seeking to make waves inside the world of Italian fashion under the artistic guidance of French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. United Colors of Benetton...

The Latest: North Macedonia police detain 81 migrants

Sep. 17, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Police in North Macedonia say they have detained 81 migrants found in a truck near the border with Serbia, after the driver ignored a police warning to stop for a check and later abandoned the vehicle. Police said the...

Renzi splits Italy's Democrats, shaking govt coalition

Sep. 17, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi has left the ruling Democratic Party to set up a new centrist force, in a risky move that further weakens the already shaky government forged only two weeks ago by the center-left Democrats and the populist 5-Star Movement. Renzi announced his departure with...

Italy arrests 3 accused of migrant torture in Libya

Sep. 16, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian officials say three men who disembarked on the tiny island of Lampedusa over the summer have been arrested at a migrant reception center in Italy after fellow migrants recognized them as their torturers in Libya. According to a statement Monday by Italian police, the three — two...

American teen's lawyers drop bid for his release in Italy

Sep. 16, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The lawyers of one of two American teenagers being held in the slaying of an Italian police officer have dropped a request for their client to be released. Lawyers for Gabriel Natale-Hjorth, who's in custody for his alleged role in the fatal stabbing of Italian police officer Mario Cerciello...